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Using The Ellman Calculator to Monitor “Hitting a Double” Results

One of our BCI covered call writing exit strategies is titled “hitting a double” This opportunity arises when share price declines after a covered call position is opened, short calls are bought back using our 20%/10% guidelines and then the same option is re-sold when share price rises. This article will highlight how to use […]

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Analyzing a Rolling Down Trade During an Extreme Short-Term Market Decline

Exit strategy opportunities must be taken advantage of with our covered call writing and put-selling trades. When there is a significant overall market decline in the short-term, there will be losses. Our job, as option-sellers, is to mitigate those losses using our position management skill. On October 20, 2018, Alvin shared with me a series […]

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Ask Alan #157 – How to Set Up a Poor Man’s Covered Call Trade

Alan answers a question posed by Margie, who asks: Alan, What are the most important factors you use when you set up a poor man’s covered call trade? Is it the same as regular covered call writing? Thanks a lot, Margie ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Time for another original episode of […]

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covered call writing and Theta

When Should We Execute Our Option-Selling Trades?

The 3-required skills for covered call writing and selling cash secured puts are stock selection, option selection and position management. We can also add timing of our trades as a secondary factor in enhancing our overall returns. These considerations are different for option-selling compared to traditional buy-and-sell portfolios. This article will highlight how and why […]

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Should We Add a Short Put to Our Collar Trades?

A collar trade is a covered call trade with a protective put. Jim recently wrote to me asking about the efficacy of also selling an out-of-the-money put to help pay for the cost of the protective put. This article will analyze this series of trades to assess the pros and cons of adding that fourth […]

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Mean Analyst Rating (MAR): A New Addition to Our Premium Reports

The screening process for option-selling watchlists include fundamental analysis, technical analysis and common-sense screens. The BCI team is now adding a new screen the mean analyst rating (MAR) to replace the Scouter Rating we have been using for years. This will add an “institutional” component to our analysis.   What is MAR? An investment analyst […]

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An Annualized Return of 5000% and Feeling Miserable: Interpreting Our Covered Call Trades

Whether we are using covered call writing, put-selling or any other investment strategy, investor interpretation of results is an interesting topic to analyze. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? On October 5th, 2018, Gene wrote me about two covered call positions he was holding and expressed deep concern over the status of those trades. This […]

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strike price selection

Strike Price Selection When Selling Cash-Secured Puts: A Real-Life Example with WWE

Strike price selection is one of the 3-required skills when selling covered calls or cash-secured puts. This article will highlight the choices and rationale for our decisions when selling puts for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) on 9/24/2018.   Bullish price chart for WWE     Option-selling lowers our cost-basis and therefore we make […]

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covered call writing with VIX

VIX Covered Call Writing: Selling Options Against Market Volatility

Traditional covered call writing involves first buying a stock (or exchange-traded fund) and then selling a corresponding call option. The result of the initial trade is to generate cash flow from the option sale and lower our cost basis on the stock side. Based on member feedback, there has been a growing interest in writing […]

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bond yields and the stock market

Treasury Bond Yields and the Stock Market

Treasury bond yields are followed by stock investors and changes in yield can impact the success of our trades. In particular, the 10-year treasury yield is used as a yardstick for critical financial issues like mortgages.   What is bond yield? This is the interest rate paid by the US government for borrowing money when […]

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